Download trial eLearning software for real product evaluation.
Over the past decade I’ve been pretty much addicted to trial, free and less established software. In 2002 I remember having to use 3 different image editors to get the effect I needed and save it in the right format, mainly because I didn’t need and couldn’t afford Photoshop (although I still prefer the ease of use and vector + bitmap flexibility of Fireworks for most web work).
I suppose that the point here is that if you have the money you may just buy Articulate because someone has recommended it, but it would be much more sensible to download the 30 day trials of the main rapid eLearning contenders to trial. It should be possible to easily and quickly compare them all if you have a Powerpoint presentation and a range of question types to add to it. If you are committed to a Powerpoint plugin, then you are limited to Articulate Studio, Lectora Snap, Adobe Presenter and the iSpring Suite. If you are happy importing Powerpoints though you can also consider Adobe Captivate and Lectora Storyline. I found a good, detailed summary of the first four solutions on the learning solutions mag blog at http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com /articles/745/making-sense-of- powerpoint-pandemonium. It was interesting to see that they confirm my, admittedly superficial, feeling that iSpring is the best value and most complete solution. It will be interesting to see how their HTML5 output compares to that of Storyline and Captivate 6.